US confirms al-Shabab leader Ahmed Godane killed
Saturday, 06 September 2014 - 9:12
The Pentagon has confirmed the leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed following a US attack earlier this week.
The US carried out air strikes on Monday night destroying a vehicle and an encampment south of the capital.
Somalia's president issued a statement on Friday urging militants to embrace peace after the death of their leader.
Godane was one of the US state department's most wanted men.
It had placed a bounty of 7 million dollars on his head.
Somali analyst Nuur Mohamud Sheekh told the BBC that Godane's death "will deal a major blow to the group. He added there was no likely successor.
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